By Richard Parks
Leeds United have tabled a big-money offer for prolific Czech striker Michal Krmencik, according to his club’s chief executive.
The 11-times Czech Republic international, who plays for league leaders Viktoria Plzen, was the subject of intense interest from around the globe during the recent January window.
Plzen chief executive Adolf Sadek told Czech newspaper Dnes that the Yorkshire giants were among the clubs who lodged formal bids for Krmencik, 24, that were all rebuffed to appease manager Pavel Vrba.
“In the summer, Slavia came in, Leeds in the winter, then Montpellier, Bordeaux, eventually Newcastle,” said Sadek to Dnes. “There were extraordinary offers.
“In winter there was no figure to convince us. I promised the coach.”
Sadek does not divulge the figures, but Dnes report that the bids went as high as £12million.
Krmencik has been in prolific form this season for Plzen, who top the Czech league by a mammoth 14 points ahead of second-placed Slavia Prague.
The front man has scored 16 goals and supplied seven assists from 20 matches at a virtual goal-a-game rate.
Football Insider verdict:
Aged 24 and approaching his peak, Krmencik is a serious talent. He is not just a domestic monster, he has also ripped it up at international level, with six goals in 11 games for the Czech Republic. Leeds have focused on unearthing gems from the cheaper overseas market in the last two windows, and Krmencik would be Victor Orta’s best signing yet if he could push a deal over the line.
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By Richard Parks